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Middlemen not communities, benefit from trophy hunting

Middlemen not communities, benefit from trophy hunting

By Joel Konopo - Botswana Guardiansun Why do politicians inflate the value of recreational hunting and community benefits when the economic evidence in favour of trophy hunting is thin? When a Botswana delegation visited the United Kingdom in March this year to dissuade British MPs from voting for a bill that bans the importation of hunting trophies, representatives from Mababe - a small settlement and a significant player in safari hunting - were left behind. This exclusion baffled village chief, Kgosi Kgosimontle Kebuelemang, and points to a larger systemic problem. Not only are...

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Chilli bombs and honeybees: Weapons in Tanzania’s human-elephant conflict

Chilli bombs and honeybees: Weapons in Tanzania’s human-elephant conflict

By Shola Lawal, Aljazeera Across Africa, growing populations and shrinking habitats are putting people and wildlife on a collision course. Farmers and researchers are devising unlikely tools to keep elephants at bay. An elephant family arrives to drink from a water hole at the Sarova salt-lick lodge at Kenya's Tsavo West National Park close to the Kenya-Tanzania border [Tony Karumba/AFP] Kilimanjaro & Arusha Regions, Tanzania – Mwana Athumani Msemo’s homestead sits encased in the undulating grasslands that surround Mount Kilimanjaro, an area so quiet and remote that clucking and...

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Statement on the killing of Super Tusker elephants in Tanzania

Statement on the killing of Super Tusker elephants in Tanzania

By IFAW (Nairobi, Kenya – 26 April 2024) IFAW is deeply concerned about the recent killing of two ‘Super Tusker’ elephants in the transboundary landscape of Northern Tanzania, bordering Kenya. At a time when elephants are facing increasing threats from climate change, habitat loss and demand...

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The Journal of African Elephants was created by a group of concerned journalists, biologists and conservationists, who, after years of tracking and documenting the catastrophic decline of Africa’s elephant populations, have recognised the urgent need for a dedicated English and French news and commentary space to enhance and increase global awareness of the plight of Africa’s savanna and forest elephants. Our Commentary service, in particular, are writers that focus on the need to provide awareness of Africa’s elephants and affected surrounding human communities from a distinctly African perspective that, for the most part, is lacking in the dominance of Western media.